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November 28, 2012 at 7:59 am #2187
Fear not! He is only describing his style. Martin Parr worked like this too, capturing unconscious relationships between people in a street (or beach!).
The Leica rangefinder has always been cited as enabling better contact with your subject too (should you be taking such pictures) because he/she can still “see” you.November 27, 2012 at 9:12 am #2172
Peter, that is a belter!
Can I suggest a bit darker so hiding the fact that there are no locks! and you have a real winner there, great stuff.
You could make it mono too, though I appreciate why it is red!November 27, 2012 at 9:07 am #2171
That’s a very interesting viewpoint Ian, but it is hard to draw the line.
They certainly represent a wider viewpoint than “club photography” which is often high on style and low on content. The judge on Saturday said, before he started, that we are all “image makers now” and I took it that we were going to see him favour the contrived. This is a sad trend in club photography. I like many of the “creations” and enjoy making them myself but the more content orientated stuff is being really pushed out and this is upsetting a lot of people.
The RPS has a better balance.November 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm #2166
I hope many members take the time to view these images Wallace, some wonderful work there and refreshingly different.November 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm #2125
http://www.irfanview.com/ I use this photo editing software to do those little AVs I use on Open Evenings, I’ve used it for 12 years or so. It is amazingly powerful in some areas.
http://www.den4b.com/ Has RENAMER which I use for renaming your PDI files as I process them.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Is the sound editing program which you can use for AVs.
One word of warning about free software. You can find that it is hijacked by others and could be used to hide malware, so be careful where you download it from. I now only use stuff I’ve had for years or comes highly recommended. There is perhaps no such thing as a free lunch.November 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm #2068
Since we had the projector the colour calibration has not been touched – it looked fine.
The light output is actually set lower by using the “quiet” setting.
We have adjusted the brightness and contrast several times and I am starting to think that setting the brightness high enough to get the full range of tones in the blacks can’t be achieved without the image looking too bright in the mid-tones. The whites are giving a lot of detail – more than the laptop – which is supposed to have a high grade display.
The problem is a perennial one with digital projectors – they are very bright by nature and you always wonder what the images you send in the national comps actually look like at their end.
We are going to have another determined attempt to get this right but please bear in mind this inherent brightness. Just as images you are going to print will look darker than your monitor image, projected images will always look lighter.November 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm #2067
You will all now have seen the “cleaned up” version, with TV aerial cleaned out.
I knew the cat was going to jump and had a few moments to decide on the angle. Shooting against the sky meant a problem with exposure but I would get the cat clearly delineated. I over exposed it a little, waited, and took one shot.
I’ll look at the EXIF to get the shutter speed.
Oh, and the rescue software is just the Sandisk one. I have several copies which came with compactflash cards. I assume that they now just have it on their website.November 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm #2066
Thanks for that Darren. The unusual title will help it – some of the magazines have such similar names that it is claimed even the journalists working on them get confused.
I have largely given up on the “how to do x, y, and z in Photoshop” mags now, preferring things which take a broader view, such as Black & White Photography. I would buy the BJP but it is too expensive. I’ll look out for c’t Digital. (what can c’t stand for?)November 14, 2012 at 9:22 am #2009
Thanks for all the thoughtful replies – keep ’em coming!!
I think it will take time to get things going on the Forum/Gallery. We have a good start through “importing” all you good folk from the Forum Paul started but it will take a while to get the others contributing.
On commenting time: we used to have commentaries on the L&CPU Folios and I did the one for the MONO prints a couple of times. It is easy to say all you need to in one minute pre printbut it took me several days to decide what to say in that one minute!! You couldn’t possibly achieve that one the spot.
We have until next March to get it right!November 14, 2012 at 9:11 am #2008
Thanks Peter. They are very good – I’m relying on Ian Whiston to tell us on 22nd November Open Evening as I don’t have Photoshop!!!November 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm #1996
Newer members may not realise that we have to put proposals for major changes to the members at the AGM, so any changes will not take effect until next year.
If we present a large number of images to a judge we clearly will not get as long a commentary about each image, but the quality of the comment may suffer too. Also, if the judge is marking on the spot it is very difficult to assess a large number satisfactorily.
I see no reason to change the rules for the prints. We should be proud to be able to put on a good show still, some clubs have abandoned them! Of course we would have to reconsider if numbers declined but at present we are OK.
In the survey of clubs conducted last year we were asked how many images a judge should be presented with, as a maximum. The average was 86 and the maximum 150. 90-ish is a good number, it fills the evening and allows a reasonable time for each image. 150 I personally think is too high – and remember that this answer may come from a club which has more time.
I think we could increase our entry number – we have a built in way of reducing the numbers if we need to.
I would be against any move to limit entries in a section. I think it may force people to enter and images obtained like that are rarely people’s best.
Marking is another thing we could discuss. Some clubs have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd, highly commended, commended, and then nothing. It means that 75% of people get no mark, just a comment. What do you all feel about that? It is still possible to do a League total using this menthod; 1st gets 20, 2nd 19, 3rd 18, HC 17 C16, then everyone else gets 15. This way there is no poor soul getting a bunch of 8s and giving up. We do this kind of thing for the Annuals now.
More comps? I get the impression that people would not be happy with more – but we can ask!
Do remember that we have the KO where you can try out your images, though there is no comment.November 10, 2012 at 7:58 am #1952
Thanks Peter, much appreciated. I hope you will find episode 2 on 22nd November useful too.November 9, 2012 at 7:56 am #1936
Delores has a glowing report about Bliss Computers and they seem worth a try but I bought a new machine only a couple of weeks ago from Darbro (http://www.dardro.co.uk) who are at Radway Green. There is also Ray Hill’s son, who was offering the servicing last year. I’m afraid it was rather a quick decision since the hard drive had died in my old machine, which was also running XP, no longer supported. An upgrade, new HDD and some extra RAM was somewhat expensive and a new machine seemed a sensible option. Darbro are ACER dealers and, while they built the last one to spec, I choose one off the shelf. This “ready made” has an i7 processor and 8Gb RAM, SSD, the GT 640 graphics card (4Gb) and a 1Tb HDD. Off the shelf is inevitably not perfectly suitable; I could have done with 500Mb on the HDD, but it was delivered in two days. I may increase the RAM to 16Gb but I am very pleased with it. SSD seems a good idea but the present products are only able to take 1,000 formattings, so they are no use as HDD substitutes.
Looking at the references Ian found I can see I didn’t make a bad choice. His advice about cleaning the machine is very good too, mine was choked with dust and it was overheating that killed the HDD.
I am now looking into external drives. I have 4 already but a RAID array or something looks appealing – or, in any event some system for continually backing up. The decision is mainly about how to arrange the files.November 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm #1931
The gallery is above the Library in the centre of Leigh in Lancashire. The Gallery is actually called the Turnpike Gallery, but it feels like “upstairs at the Library”. It is a great space for an exhibition.November 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm #1910
These inter-club comps only have a limited number of entries and so we have to use ones that have already been entered (and judged if possible). We have to take account too of things like who the judge is and also provide a mix of subjects.
I wish there were some way of getting the members involved a bit and tonight there will be a display of images which are our short list for the KO for you to look at and give an opinion on.